NYC Youth Leadership Opportunity for High School Students


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4 World Trade CenterNew York, NY 10007



The NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA) is pleased to announce its first Youth Leadership Council (YLC) beginning October 2016. Since 2014, NYC Service has partnered with City agencies and community-based organizations across NYC to create Youth Leadership Councils designed to give youths in the city the following:

  • A voice to speak out about their thoughts and concerns

  • A place to meet and create lasting connections with other youths like themselves

  • Training from top-tier leadership organizations such as CORO on how to be effective and diverse leaders, public speakers, and advocates

  • Opportunities to gain community service hours, letters of recommendation, and moments of personal and professional growth

  • A guarantee that their voices will be treated with respect by actual NYC officials and policymakers

  • A chance to accomplish real changes in the way NYC and its communities work with youth

This year, HRA will host its own Youth Leadership Council, working with high school students in the city to incorporate the voices of young people into its policies, and determine how HRA’s social services can better reach and help young people in NYC who need them.


  • You are interested in being a voice of change in your community

  • You want to make meaningful, lasting connections with other youth

  • You want to overcome a lack of personal skills such as leadership or public speaking in a judgment-free area

  • You want to gain experience working with the largest social services/governmental organization in NYC


  • Must be a current high school student in NYC

  • No minimum GPA requirement

  • No prior work, internship, or extracurricular experience required

  • All we need is: a strong desire to improve both yourself and your city, and a commitment to attending at least 1 meeting per month at HRA’s World Trade Center location.

  • (As you will be working on researching and creating your own youth policy, please note that it’s highly likely you will also need to work on projects outside of meeting time- we do want to see commitment on your part!)


Fill out the NYC Youth Leadership Council Common Application at and indicate "NYC HRA Youth Leadership Council" as your council of choice.

**Applicants are evaluated on a rolling basis, so it is highly recommended that you apply early!**


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Requirements & Commitment

  • At least 1 meeting at HRA per month (possibly 2)
  • Expect additional time out of meetings to do research on leadership/policy projects
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